Holy Matrimony! The Most Epic Wedding Floral DIY

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, photobooths are totally a thing at weddings these days. They’re a chance for people to act silly and enjoy themselves while providing you endless laughter and entertainment while sifting through photos months later. Sure the fake mustaches, silly hats and drunken group snaps may be starting to feel a little….tired, but the perfect place for a photo-opp is not just a trend, it’s a necessity! Your photographer is never going to get to snap candid pics of all your guests and besides – offering up an activity is furn for everyone. But we’ve been feeling ready for a fresh spin on the idea and thought you might be too. So if all those neon boas and oversized plastic sunnies are not really your pinky-in-the-air cup of tea, we’ve got the most epicly chic alternative for you!


Instead of hiring a company to create a photobooth backdrop for your wedding, or renting a clunky actual booth, we urge you to give this simple DIY a try! A fresh floral garland balloon backdrop is not only gorgeous and sophisticated, it’s SO versatile. Dot these babies throughout the dance floor, position them behind the bride and groom’s reception table, use them to create a stunning alter, the list is endless!  You only need a few things to recreate this look – the most important being some gorge blooms – and thankfully florist Natasha Kolenko is here to walk us through mastering the fresh floral garland!


How To Master The Floral Garland

You’ll Need:
> Thin gauge wire
> Pliers + floral sheers
> Fresh flowers + greens
> 36 inch round balloons


STEP 1: decide how long you’d like your garland to be. Cut a thin gauge wire to your desired length.

STEP 2: Choose your greens for the base of the garland. We used Ruskus and yummy smelling Jasmine vine as our base for a full, lush look. Trim excess stems from the greens and begin wrapping the stems around the wire until secure.

STEP 3: To add blooms to your garland, make bunches of 2-3 and wrap their stems together with wire, leaving approximately two inches of wire at each end. Use the ends of the wire to attach floral bunches to the garland. We used Anemones, white garden roses and white Tulips for a clean, crisp look.


STEP 4: When you are happy with your floral garland, wrap the wire on one end around the knot of the balloon. We used 36 inch round balloons and you can see in the pictures how the varying lengths and weights of the garlands affect the way they float. We love the idea of having some longer garlands draped on the floor with some shorter ones looking like they’re suspended in the air and, quite literally, floating around the room!


These balloons are simple and elegant and we love the way they just float effortlessly and dreamily around the space. Experiment and have fun with these massive balloons. They’re not only great for weddings. We think they’d be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers or any event you’re looking to make a giant statement.

And now that you’ve mastered the floral garland, use your skills to drape a garland across a table or around benches during the ceremony. All that’s left for you to do is to let your creativity soar!

original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott // art direction by bianca sotelo // florals + styling by natasha kolenko // florals c/o torchio nursery - visit them in the San Francisco flower mart! 

How to Find Fresh Ideas for Your Blog

In the constant battle against sameness, we’re the first to admit that finding fresh ideas can often feel impossible. Coming up with new angles on a story, or better yet, creating an entirely new story all together requires an “aha” moment and careful execution. But when we all fail to step away from the desk, everything starts to feel more than a little repetitive. There’s definitely still a ton of creative inspiration out there on the web – you just have to dig a little further {aka beyond Pinterest} to find it!

So we decided to do a little hunting on your behalf. Looking for something that presents a completely different perspective is just what we need to get out of our rut. If you’re in need of something to get your gears going {in a good way!}, take a moment to dissect the choices in these awesome examples of styling genius, or simply enjoy them for what they are – pure eye candy!


Sully Sullivan’s has funky top-down styling down to a fun perfection. Sully’s work for Haus Interior’s candles - hot dogs? drinks in coconuts? – puts a big, sunny smile on our faces!


Tina Hellburg does eclectic and does it right! She sources the strangest and coolest objects that are complete showstoppers on their own, and manages to find a balance between them all. Her mix of texture, color, size and shape invites you into a world of her own making. We’d gladly hang out in it for quite some time!


Janne Peters styles monochromatic sets like a champ. Her understanding of tones and placement is undeniable. We love Janne’s use of depth and lines and her signature pop of the unexpected – that citron!


Lotta Agaton is our styling hero. We’re certain she’s from a different planet all together. The way she looks at everyday objects beyond their purpose and is able to recreate an entirely new shape with them is the definition of a great stylist.


Oh and her interior work? Also BA-NA-NAS…

We love how these pros stretch our ideas about how to tell a visual story. It’s nice to take a break from the all gold, all acrylic, all chevron world that seems to dominate blog-land these days. Who are some stylists you look up to or turn to for inspiration?

Do you have any tips for getting out of a creative rut??

Looking for even more inspiration? We’re quite sure you’ll enjoy this and this and this!

image 1-2 via Haus Interiors // 3-4 via Tina Hellberg // 5-6 via Gentl and Hyers // 7-8 via Janne Peters // 9-12 via Lotta Agaton

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Make Our Hearts Melt

For the first time in what seems like a long time, we’re actually excited for this year’s holiday of love! It could be that there is extra love in the air with the wee one on the way {or it could totally just be the hormones!} but Valentine’s Day has us smitten with the idea of sending a little appreciation someone’s way. And nothing says appreciation more than a small, yet thoughtful gesture {or two!}. We have a few ideas up our sleeves {more on that coming later!}, but thought it would be helpful to throw out a hint, just in case someone {ahem!!} happens to be reading this. Any of these little lovelies would SO make our day!!



Get Your Shop On:

1.) Kiss Kiss Tee
2.) BKR Heart Water Bottle
3.) White + Silver Aether Cone
4.) Chuck Taylor by Comme Des Garcons
5.) Hearts Wool Silk Scarf
6.) Fragile Hearts Plate
7.) Staub Mini Heart Cocottes
8.) Garance Dore ‘XO’ Card
9.) Heart and ‘Be Mine’ Spatulas
10.) Love Letter Trays

We’re sure to give extra kisses if we receive this adorable Kiss Kiss Tee. How cute would it be with a blazer and these Chuck Taylors for a casual, but totally pulled together day look? Talk about a perfect match!

We’re also crushing hard on these Fragile Hearts plates. They’re edgy with just the right amount of fem. Plus they’re on sale! And these cute spatulas will surely aid in whipping up more weekend pancakes and tasty sweets! Just sayin.’

But if someone {hiiiiiint!!} is seeking a little extra love and affection come Valentine’s Day, our hearts beat fast for the Aether Cone music player. It’s sleek design and streaming capabilities make it perfectly simple to take straight from the box to the dining table to set the mood for an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner – the most epic girls’ night. You can sit back and let it stream, or you can tell it exactly what you want to hear! Literally, like out loud. It can understand your voice commands! Not to mention, the Aether Cone is a gift that anyone {him or her} would totally love to receive! Something tells us he won’t dread shopping for this gift!

So for all of the lovers out there who plan to get a little groovy come February 14, we’ve gathered a quick list of our favorite smooth and sexy R&B love songs. You can tell the Cone you want to listen to “By Your Side” by Sade and it not only will play the soulful tune, but it’ll also play related songs to set the mood!


And for all of our singles, may you fancy a little “No Scrubs” by TLC, “Single Ladies” by Beyonce and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Laupner? ‘Cause we know how it is!

While we’re at it, here are more V-Day gifts that we’re in looooove with…



This post is in partnership with Aether. You can follow Aether on Instagram here. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Thank you for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open!